Monthly Archives: June 2014

Exploring the versatility of high-torque electric vehicles

When choosing electric vehicles for use in warehouses and other industrial applications, you’ll want to find a product that can serve several purposes.

Taylor-Dunn SS546-36 Volt GT

Taylor-Dunn SS546-36 Volt GT

This will keep overall costs down, and allow fewer workers to accomplish more tasks with less equipment. One of the best examples is the Taylor-Dunn SS546-36 Volt GT, available from Spacepac Industries.

Facility managers can easily convert this vehicle from a simple personnel carrier to a load carrier in only a few seconds. When it is in its burden carrier mode, it can haul as much as 270kg, and can pull another 2,267kg.

But hauling and pulling power aren’t the only factors to look for in an electric vehicle. The best ones are typically made of a welded steel unionised body and frame that can withstand years of use and various conditions and applications.

The Taylor-Dunn SS546 also features a front bumper and automotive steering wheel to protect the vehicle, the driver and all objects in the area.

The cost of maintenance can often be a deterrent for some companies when it comes to purchasing electric vehicles. However, Taylor-Dunn’s product was built with a modularised control system layout that makes it easy for any electrical engineer to quickly diagnose and fix and problems.

Complete with geared steering, a top speed of 14.5 kph and an on-board battery charger, the vehicle has already helped several facilities managers improve efficiency and safety while cutting costs.

The product comes in several models, and each offer unique benefits for various situations. If drivers will primarily use it outside and the elements are a concern, cabins with wipers and curtains are available.

Similarly, there are shortened versions for smaller worksites.

With the right electric vehicle, you can see productivity improvements in several areas of your operation.

Spacepac Electric Vehicles

Handrails can make all the difference for safety during rail car access

To streamline operations, managers in charge of rail car loading and unloading operations must install infrastructure that gives workers access to every hatch available.

However, in doing so, serious fall risks may arise that could lead to employee injuries, and in turn, much higher costs associated with workers compensation and similar expenses.

Lifeline systems are often used during such operations to keep workers safe, but many businesses say they have run into serious issues when implementing these safeguards. For one thing, installing them leads to unproductive downtime.

These systems also require frequent inspection to ensure they are up to speed, and they have even proven to be ineffective at lowering injury rates due to certain types of falls.

Hopper Car Handrail

Rail Car Safety Improved with Hopper Car Handrail Fall Prevention System from Sam Carbis Solutions Group, LLC

Instead of lifelines, many companies are turning to infrastructure solutions such as handrails to keep workers safe during rail car access operations. Carbis Inc.’s Rail Enclosures and Hopper Handrail systems are the best way to keep productivity at its highest without putting workers at risk of falls.

Keeping workers safe and boosting throughput should be the top priorities for any company that performs rail loading and unloading work. Carbis‘ handrail system lowers onto the top of the vehicle as soon as it is in place, providing fall prevention from every angle.

The equipment also ensures employees have 100 per cent mobility, making it easier to perform quality, quick work. Lifelines can get in the way of employees, hindering their ability to get tasks done. These systems are ideal for any work that requires access to coffin lids on top of cars or any other hatch.

All these features help operators achieve the highest productivity possible while preventing dangerous and costly falls.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Maintaining safety with any ship access and loading system

Regardless of the exact type of work that is being performed, operations that require ship access and loading should always maintain a strong focus on safety, considering the many serious hazards that exist in the industry.

In addition to putting your employees at risk, running an unsafe operation can lead to enormous costs associated with state and federal rules and regulation.

Some of the most common additional costs shipping and loading companies must pay for include noncompliance with equipment maintenance, failure to take precautions to promote employee health and safety, and hazards related to slips, falls and pinch points.

Carbis Ship Towers – Ship Access Systems & Loading

Gain Safe Access to Ship of all Shapes and Sizes

Companies can mitigate these risks by using the right infrastructure, such as custom designed ship access and loading systems from Carbis Inc. These structures are built to eliminate the chances of slips and falls caused by standing water or corroded materials, and each solution is designed specifically around the needs of the company.

Tower gangways, for example, can be manufactured to be either telescopic, fixed or work alongside an elevator, and they are all built to last with aluminium. This material makes them lightweight, durable and resistant to the weather and ocean water.

Each tower can be designed to fit various sizes of ships and also to handle large tidal shifts. Depending on the company’s preference, hydraulic, crane and pneumatic systems are all available.

Carbis’ towers also come with several mounting options. With track mounting, employees can move the tower all around the dock so it can be used on several barges that are in port at once. The tower mounting option is ideal for changes in loading and unloading movement, while pivot mounting gives businesses the opportunity to access various parts of a single ship.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Fall prevention with Carbis Hopper Car Handrails

Every business that involves employees working from height will know that the onus is on the company to ensure the proper safety equipment and procedures are in place.

According to Safe Work Australia, falls pose a significant risk of death and serious injury in the workplace, making it a priority for enterprises to closely examine their existing set-up to see if improvements can be made.

Hopper Car Handrail | Rail Enclosures | Rail Car Safety

Fall prevention with Carbis Hopper Car Handrails

This is where Carbis Incorporated safety equipment comes in, offering high-quality products such as Hopper Car Handrails, which enable operators to quickly and safely access the hatches at the top of a rail car.

Often, organisations implement a lifeline system for rail car access, but these have a number of problems.

Not only are they time-consuming, they require frequent maintenance and inspection, and are rarely extremely effective at stopping falls.

With Carbis’ Hopper Car Handrails, a business’s personnel are completely safeguarded and throughput is maximised, ensuring optimal performance.

Removing the lifeline system also enables your employees complete freedom to move around when doing their job, but still guarantees a safer working environment.

The benefits of Hopper Car Handrails

Carbis’ full Hopper Car Handrail solutions operate at a higher level than lifeline systems and here are just some of the reasons why.

·      Fall prevention when accessing coffin lids on the top of cars
·      Operators boost their job productivity
·      Easy vehicle spotting is provided
·      Ultimate safety for workers who must access multiple hatches at the same time

Businesses that invest in Hopper Car Handrail systems and Rail Enclosures also benefit from these features:

·      complete 42-inch high handrail, midrail and toe-board enclosure
·      a self-leveling gangway, which can be operated either through manual procedures or via pneumatic processes
·      a padded lower edge that protects vehicles from damage

Contact Carbis today to get more information on the best safety equipment for your specific needs.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Improving worker safety with barge access gangways

One of the primary concerns for any mining company is ensuring the wellbeing of its workers, which is why safety equipment is a vital investment.

There are many areas in which a business can boost its employee safety procedures, including barge-loading processes.

Any mining company that frequently moves metals and minerals via barges should have the best possible safety structures in place, with these upgrades often enhancing productivity.

Many businesses still use a combination of old gangways and ladders to access, repair and exit the dock and barges, posing a threat to worker safety and failing to maximise the efficiency of time and human resources.

Barge Gangways | Marine Access | Marine Loading

Carbis Barge Gangways | Marine Access | Marine Loading

Carbis Incorporated, a world leader in fall prevention solutions, can provide high-end marine access technology that not only makes processes more effective, but by creating a safer working environment can also boost staff morale.

For example, a fixed barge access gangway means personnel can quickly and safely get on and off the vessel at any tide level.

Due to it being fixed in place, this removes the need for a forklift to move a gangway or ladder into place, saving valuable time with each use.

But what safety accessories does the gangway have to ensure worker wellbeing remains top of the agenda?

Well, as a single piece of equipment it is much more reliable, and it also has handrails and a sturdy walk surface.

Carbis Incorporated’s clients have touted the benefits of these products, claiming they have maximised the efficiency of loading processes, while preventing all worker injuries caused by unsafe access equipment.

Any business looking to set itself apart from its competitors should consider investing in Carbis’ range of safety equipment.

Carbis’ attentiveness, response time and experience of the marine access solutions market ensures a premium service at all times.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

The right products for moving ethanol/biodiesel

As economies around the world continue to shift toward more sustainable operations, the demand for “green” fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, has skyrocketed.

Any company that focuses on the synthesis, movement, refinement or distribution of petrochemicals or other liquid fuel sources would be remiss not to start working with the fuel sources. A recent report from Environmental Entrepreneurs found that US biofuels capacity for 2013 is at 1 billion gallons of gasoline equivalent.

This number is expected to rise to between 1.4 billion and 1.6 billion by 2015. The fuel source has prompted 159 companies to construct 160 commercial facilities dedicated to biofuels.

It’s clearly in chemical and fuel company’s best interest to capitalise on demand for biofuels. Carbis Inc. has noted this rising interest in the new fuels, and has developed several products that make it easier for companies to work with these materials.

Loading and Offloading Fluid Skid Systems

Carbis Loading and Offloading Fluid Skid Systems

Carbis has developed a program that lets it skid-mount any loading and metering system, regardless if it’s used for loading or unloading skid systems for tank trucks and rail cars, fuel transfers or similar tasks.

The fluid handling systems are also ideal for moving and transferring ethanol, which has also grabbed the attention of environmental groups around the world. This fuel source can be made from several forms of feedstocks, including grain, sorghum, hemp, barley, potatoes and others. These fuels burn extremely clean, so they comply with many of the world’s stringent emissions regulations.

Perhaps best of all, Carbis designs these structures specifically to meet the needs of unique loading and unloading facilities. Using a compact design, Carbis’ products take up less floor space in any given plant or warehouse, and require very little maintenance.

Altogether, this means a more productive operation and a better bottom line.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Folding stairs can increase safety and boost business

Facility managers can tremendously expand their businesses if they can cater to trucks or rail cars of several different sizes and shapes.

However, adding these variables into any operation can create new safety hazards that could put employees – and profitability – at risk.

Both of these issues can be addressed with the right infrastructure, which is exactly what Carbis Inc. set out to do when it designed its folding stairs products. By integrating these structures into an existing loading or unloading operation, facility managers can ensure safe access to trucks or rail cars no matter what size they are.

Carbis Folding Stairs

Safety Access Gangways from Sam Carbis Solutions Group, LLC Handle Variations in Vehicle Height

The stairs also give workers a completely even tread with every step. Carbis’ folding stairs come with a self-leveling tread function that makes it quick, safe and easy for workers to access hatches regardless of where they are located.

The systems can be integrated into existing infrastructure, however many organisations have seen substantial benefits from incorporating them into their plans for new structures.

Built with an adjustable tension spring, operators can raise and lower the gangway easily and quickly. Carbis works with companies to ensure the stairs fit to the exact specifications of any company’s facility, and depending on the customer’s needs, can come in aluminium, stainless steel or other forms of treated steel.

The stairs are built to withstand any conditions the weather can bring, and with a 500-pound capacity, can meet the demands of just about any project.

As further testament to Carbis’ commitment to safety, facility managers have the option for self-leveling safety cages to be installed as well. These can be tailored to any vehicle type and significantly lower the chances of fatal or injurious falls.

Companies with folding stairs and other flexible infrastructure can take on work no matter the size of the the truck or rail, leading to better bottom lines.

Carbis – Access Gangway

Varying vehicle widths require Carbis telescoping ramps

Loading, repair and shipping organisations can give their business a significant boost when they can perform work on any vehicle regardless of its shape or size.

However, it takes the right infrastructure to accommodate vehicles that come in varying widths. When an operation attempts to perform work on a non-standard size vehicle, it creates new fall hazards that could seriously jeopardise the operation.

Typically, gaps will open between the vehicle and the truck or rail car gangway. This puts workers in danger of falls or even crush-between accidents that could lead to costly downtime and medical expenses.

Carbis Telescoping Ramp

Telescoping Ramp Eliminates Gaps during Vehicle, Hatch Access

To remedy this problem, Carbis Inc. developed its Carbis Telescoping Ramps that can extend to reach even vehicles with the smallest width. Operators can extend the gangway with minimal effort, which will encourage them to make sure it fits snug with the vehicle during every operation.

The ramp comes with an adjustable tension spring that makes raising and lowering extremely easy. To further increase overall safety and keep accidents to a minimum, the platform is made with a slip-resistant walking surface.

What’s more, Carbis can design, manufacture and install these products so that they fit with existing loading and unloading infrastructure, and are compliant with any company requirements that are already in place.

The telescopic access gangway can be fabricated using either aluminium or steel, which can also be galvanised, primed, milled or painted. Stainless steel is also an option, and is ideal for any operation that needs to stand up to environmental rigours.

Further driving down costs, the ramp requires very little maintenance, and any repairs that must be made can be performed in the field.

Improving industrial safety, especially in shipping and loading operations, can lead to a much more productive workforce.

Carbis – Access Gangway

Chemical companies turn to Carbis to improve safety during cleaning operations

Workers at chemical plants and manufacturing companies are exposed to several hazards, ranging from exposure to harmful liquids to fires and explosions.

Mitigating these risks is essential for any company that works in this space; however, this can sometimes be a time-consuming and costly affair. The best way to keep workers safe while minimising downtime and overall costs, several companies have found, is to turn to products from Carbis Inc.

Carbis truck-cleaning solutions

Carbis truck-cleaning solutions

In one instance, a chemical development company needed a better way to clean its liquid tank truck trailers. The group needed to focus on safety and productivity, so it consulted with Carbis to design and build a better Access Gangway that was unique to the organisation’s operating conditions.

Before Carbis’ review, the company was using two gangways fitted alongside each other to give employees access to hatches on top of its liquid tank truck trailers. However, this design created several fall hazards since there was no protective cage between the two gangways. Anytime employees had to transfer from one platform to another, serious fall hazards arose.

When designing the new system, Carbis’ renowned flexibility, experiences and customer commitment shined brilliantly, as the system was tailor-made to meet the company’s requirements.

In only eight months, Carbis was able to design a product that was exactly what the chemical company needed to give productivity a boost and keep its workers safe.

Carbis specialises in making gangways safer for any organisation. The company offers several accessories that can also be retrofitted onto existing gangways to increase safety, including safety cages for trucking and rail applications, track mounting systems, power accessories and swing gates.

Companies that have partnered with Carbis say the increased safety allows them to put more focus on the task at hand, leading to higher productivity and customer satisfaction.

Carbis truck-cleaning solutions